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Category: Clinical Negligence

Patients going blind because of delays in treatment

Patients going blind because of delays in treatment

Research found that clinics were over stretched and unable to cope. In a poll of 172 medical staff working in eye clinics, over 80% said their department had insufficient capacity to meet demand, with 37% believing patients are sometimes losing their sight unnecessarily because of delayed treatment, and 4% believe this to be a regular…

Report on NHS England Maternity Services

Report on NHS England Maternity Services

A recent report by the National Audit Office has uncovered a number of facts about NHS maternity services in England The most concerning fact is that 1 in every 133 babies born die within days of birth or are still born. Although this figure has reduced from previous years it is higher than other areas…

Are our medical records a commodity?

Are our medical records a commodity?

Are our medical records a commodity? GPs are being encouraged by the government to share medical records with so called ‘safe havens’ such as private health care providers and insurers but who will this benefit? Perhaps the simple answer is we just don’t know, however you can be sure that there is significant commercial advantage…

Man awarded £20,000.00 for loss of testicle

Man awarded £20,000.00 for loss of testicle

A 25 year old man attended A&E with severe pain in his testicle. He was given pain relief and told that since there were several possible causes an ultrasound scan would be performed early that afternoon. The scan was not carried out until the following day, when testicular torsion was diagnosed. Due to the delay…

Elderly lady awarded £35,000.00 following loss of useful vision

Elderly lady awarded £35,000.00 following loss of useful vision

A 76 year old lady was referred to hospital due to a deterioration in her vision, which was already restricted. There was a two month delay in making the correct diagnosis, and a further delay of nine months in beginning treatment. In the meantime the deterioration continued so she lost almost all useful vision and…

Girl awarded £95,000 after losing sight in one eye

Girl awarded £95,000 after losing sight in one eye

9 year old girl attended A&E after sustaining an injury to her eye. Following an examination her parents were told that they surface of the eye was scratched and were given ointment to apply. Three days later she returned to A&E where it was confirmed that the eye had been perforated. She had emergency surgery…

Case Settled – Vision restriction

Case Settled – Vision restriction

76 year old lady referred to hospital due to deterioration in her vision, which was already restricted. There was a two month delay in making the correct diagnosis, and a further delay of nine months in beginning treatment. In the meantime the deterioration continued so she lost almost all useful vision and was no longer…

Family awarded £21,500 after man dies of haemothorax following broken ribs

Family awarded £21,500 after man dies of haemothorax following broken ribs

A 44 year old man saw his GP a few days after being discharged from hospital following treatment for broken ribs. Although he was complaining of difficulty breathing and severe pain the GP failed to listen to or examine his chest. The following day he collapsed and died in his mother’s car on the way…

Diabetic awarded £15,000 after having his big toe amputated

Diabetic awarded £15,000 after having his big toe amputated

50 year old diabetic man developed an infection in his big toe. His GP failed to prescribe antibiotics and delayed in referring him to hospital until amputation was unavoidable. This case has recently been settled by an experienced member of our Clinical Negligence team. For similar cases, or any other types of Clinical Negligence claims,…

Contraceptive Implants hit by bad press

Contraceptive Implants hit by bad press

It has recently been revealed that more than 500 women in the UK using the Implanon contraceptive implant became pregnant which is understood to be  99% safe. A number of those women subsequently miscarried. Others elected to terminate the pregnancy and many have experienced relationship breakdown and psychological problems.  It is estimated that over 1…